Author: Sloan Parker
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Deana C. Jamroz
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/22/2012
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Two young, homeless men fall in love and search for a way to stay off the streets and build a life together.
After running away from the hatred and abuse of their teen years, Sean and Gavin have been hustling to survive for too long now. When some extra cash lands them alone in a hotel room until Christmas, they can no longer deny their feelings for each other. Now neither one can imagine watching the other walk off with one more trick. Even with no money and no job prospects, Sean is determined to not just show Gavin what a real home and holiday is like, but to keep them off the streets for good and build a life together.
I read this story a couple of years ago and am so pleased to have the opportunity to review it as a Holiday Retro Read.
Sean and Gavin meet on the streets and form an immediate bond, becoming protective of one another while doing what it takes to survive homelessness. When they are given an opportunity to express their true feelings for one another, they realize things have to change. They now have the possibility for a brighter future…together.
Something to Believe In is the perfect example of two old adages: “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” and “Good things come in small packages.” The artwork certainly doesn’t do this little gem justice, and though it’s short, this novella packs a solid punch and tugs mightily at the heartstrings.
Sean and Gavin are skillfully drawn, and their struggle for survival is tangible and vividly portrayed. Sean’s gritty, raw, first person narrative pulls the reader right into the harsh realities of life on the streets and provides a heartbreaking look at what he and Gavin must do when forced to face them. These two characters are immediately sympathetic and engaging, and their relationship is solid and believable. Though mostly developed off-page, their bond is unmistakably strong, the mutuality of their situation bringing about the necessity of their connection and strengthening it.
Though it is difficult to witness Sean and Gavin’s story, there is positivity in their fortitude and their desire for something better. A true Christmas tale of overcoming the worst and having faith in others, Something to Believe In is ultimately an uplifting and affirming tale full of humanity and hope. I recommend it as a read for any time of year but encourage anyone looking for a truly impactful holiday read to pick it up now and enjoy it.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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